[Runequest] Extreme Cases

David Cake dave at difference.com.au
Tue Sep 3 06:37:51 EST 2013

You don't get to be an Illuminate just because your parents are. You might follow religious practices that welcome Illumination, but it is still usually fairly difficult to achieve. 

Generally it is now understood that Daka Fal is the Praxian name, but that most Ancestor worship practices are very similar. Most Daka Fal shamans might hate Illumination (once it was explained to them, anyway), but there are ancestor worshippers within the Lunar Empire. It would be very odd for someone who was young, and committed to other practices, to be a shaman, but being an active ancestor worshipper while being a member of another religion was as well isn't even that odd. 

And while of course it would be odd to be an Illuminated Issaries member, for the Etyries cult Illumination would be a common aspiration. 

And of course learning sorcery is possible, though deeply weird for most Orlanthi. But it is also something that is very time consuming to become good at. 

So becoming a lay member/acolyte of the four traditions mentioned is certainly possible - but becoming an expert magician in all four probably just impossible on sheer time constraints. Being bad at multiple types of magic is only marginally more useful than being a bad fighter with multiple weapons. 



On 25/08/2013, at 11:29 AM, Craig Simons <craigms at q.com> wrote:

> To test ideas, I like to stretch limits. So, consider a situation that is seldom in any RQ publication: parents from different backgrounds. A strong candidate would be a non-inheriting son from the union of an Issaries priest and a Daka Fal shaman. Oh, both Illuminated. Granted, there could be great persecution against such a couple, but less so if the Illumination is hidden and both cults are generally respected. Or they live in Lunarland.
> The adventurer would grow up with large parts of all three disciplines, if not everything: he will not inherit, so he gets trained for a life on his own. He sees the differences between the disciplines and starts dabbling in sorcery, perhaps with parental guidance, and learns some basics on his own.
>  So, at an early age (perhaps 15-ish), he "simultaneously" becomes Illuminated, an Issaries priest, a Daka Fal shaman and a Sorcerer.
> Given all that, your thoughts please?
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